Happy hooker: Crocheted my first (human) hat

Posted by on December 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm.

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Today, I made my first human crocheted item, a gold hat for my daughter. If you closely look, you might see a bit of pink yarn tied into this crocheted hat. I tend to use bits of yarn as stitch markers.

This hat isn’t completed. I’ll be edging it with pink yarn. Perhaps I’ll add some embellishments? Crocheted flowers would be nice… this hat is for my daughter and though she’s a tomboy — she loves her outfits to be very ‘girly’.

Regarding this hat… a few mistakes were made, but I was able to correct them. I cannot tell you what stitches were used besides the chain hook, single crochet, and a row or two of double crochet. The reason is simple, I let my fingers and hook explore, and tried out a few variations with my crochet hook and this is theΒ crochet stitch that appeared. I used a few variations throughout this crocheted hat project. It sure was a lot of fun. It will be interesting to come back to this piece after I’ve been crocheting for a while. Later this week, I’ll try to do a search and see what’s it’s called. I’ve seen it before, I just don’t know the name. Anyway, I thought this stitched worked well with the hat. It was simple to do, and I liked the lace-like pattern it created.

Crocheting: Doing my own thing

When it comes to crafts, I learn best by simply doing my own thing. Getting acquainted with the artsy vibe of whatever medium I’m working with. After I’ve satisfied that itch, everything falls into place, and I find listening to the experts talk about the craft isn’t hard.You would think since I know what works best for myself, I would have bypassed the books I picked up on crochet, right? Nope, didn’t happen…. I searched Youtube for crochet videos, and even acquired books from the library. Although I did glance over them, and some of the videos (and books) were well written, it didn’t make much sense to me until I explored on my own.

My daughters Monster High dolls now have competition, since I’m slowly starting to make crocheted garments for people.

Did you know that some crocheters call themselves ‘hookers’? It makes sense when you think about it, since a crochet hook is used. When I first heard the term “happy hooker” applied to someone who crochets. I admit I chuckled a bit, since I thought it meant something else entirely.

20 Comments

  • Liane Markus says:

    What a beautiful hat you made. My mom loves to crochet different things, hope I can be friends with you to learn different tactics when you are making crochet hat!
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Liane Markus,
    It’ll be a while before I can show different crochet techniques, since I’m learning myself. However I’ll be posting various items I create while I explore crochet. Eventually, I’ll add videos for crochet — and other things as well.
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    Liane Markus Reply:

    Thanks opal! I love to know the techniques to learn crochet too! My mom will definitely be happy if I can create one item for her! I will be waiting for the video!
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  • Jennifer says:

    HIYA! I’ve missed you! πŸ™‚
    I have LOTS of projects on tap! i will be emailing you about some of them as I may need your assistance! teehee

    As for this hat – totally LOVE it! One of my fave oranges!!! I have bought 2 hats from local crafters in the past month! If you start selling them let me know πŸ™‚

    I LOVE HATS!

    I have been making my own handmade beads! I posted about them and sent you a note on FB, too!

    I hope your holidays were wonderful! I have some catching up to do on your posts! So sorry about that!

    I’m back crafting and back writing again so I have lots on deck!!

    HGUS!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer,

    So nice to see you again , I figured you were busy. I can relate to that.

    Thanks for the compliments. I’m proud, since it’s the first crocheted item I’ve actually created for someone. I was hoping to do the pink trim today, but unsure if I’ll get to that, since my four-year old nephew saw me making the hat via Skype. When he saw the completed hat he said, “Great Aunt Opal, you can now make one for me!” πŸ˜‰
    Opal recently posted..Beginner Crochet: Completed hat and cape for Monster High doll; Draculaura

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  • suituapui says:

    How about a photo of you wearing that? LOL!!! Imagine here in our hot country, we have those young guys wearing things like that – trying to be trendy by blindly imitating the ways of the west. Not very smart, I would say…
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, I’ll have a few photos up in the next few days. The above hat won’t be modeled by myself though. I have too much hair to fit into that hat. I wear my hair in dreadlocks, and they’re halfway down my back. I believe my daughter wouldn’t be too pleased since I made this one for her. πŸ˜‰ I’ll still try to include a photo of me though.

    I’m hoping to have something crocheted for myself finished by the end of the week. It’s funny though, just like with other things I’m interested with. I’m so happy doing things for others that often I forget to include myself into the equation.

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  • Daniel @ Boise Houses For Sale says:

    Wow, you did a really nice job. The extent of my fabric crafting lies in a guided piecing together of a soccer ball in middle school ‘home ec.’ I’m not sure if I could even begin something like the hat you’ve done.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Daniel @ Boise Houses For Sale,
    Thanks for stopping by. Now you have me curious about piecing together a soccer ball. I’ve never heard of that. I’ll have to search to see what that entails.

    Thanks again for stopping by my virtual home.
    Opal recently posted..Crochet: Basic Beanie hat for Monster High doll; Frankie Stein

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    Very cute hat you have created, how I wish i can built one like this, cause I really love things that hand made.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Kate Brown Wilson, I’m sure you could, people learn at different speeds. Later this week, I’ll include some of the YouTube videos that I found extremely helpful. I didn’t make them, but the YouTube users were slow in explaining the techniques.

    Youtube users Hecternooga1 and Crochet are my favorites. Crochet does part of her Youtube videos in slow motion, which is extremely helpful when you’re learning a new technique. The beauty of the videos is you can keep watching them, if it still doesn’t click. I encourage you to keep at it, if it’s something you want to do. Good luck!
    Opal recently posted..Beginner Crochet: Completed hat and cape for Monster High doll; Draculaura

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  • Oh that’s a great stuff! I agree with you about learning the best things in life by doing you own thing, whatever it is because every mistakes that we had made we are learning to it just like doing your own crafts. πŸ™‚
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Shameka@Entrance Doors,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    I’m a hands on person, and so I do learn best from actively working with whatever interests me. Instructions are helpful too.

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    Shameka@Entrance Doors Reply:

    @Opal,

    It’s my great pleasure to be here Opal.
    Glad to know about you personally and continue to do that wish you the best luck for this year.

    πŸ™‚
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  • Johnetta T. Filson says:

    Hi Opal,

    Wow you have done a great hat! I really miss those days crocheting, Because of my bad eye I can’t Crochet anymore πŸ™
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Johnetta T. Filson, Thanks for the lovely comment. Oh that has to be frustrating! I hope you can find something that you can do. πŸ™‚

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